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Aconcagua Team Moves From BC to C1

Our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expedition team is making great progress! Pictured here is the team in basecamp (13,800′ / 4206m) this morning, just before they departed for C1 (16,568′ / 5050m)

From our basecamp, they will spend the next six days placing and stocking three camps and progressively moving up the mountain. During this time they utilize a method of “climbing high and sleeping low” to help acclimate. The highest camp is placed at 19,580′ / 5968m, and when they arrive there they will be ready for their summit bid. Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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January Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Our first January expedition is off to a great start! The Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team arrived safely and they are already enjoying the good food and warm temperatures in Argentina. Everyone is feeling good and looking forward to getting higher in the mountains. The team got their permits, and left Mendoza for the town of Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m). The town of Penitentes sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into Aconcagua. This photo was taken in Uspallata en route to Penitentes. Once they arrived they spent a couple of hours organizing equipment and food for their climb and then they took a helicopter to base…

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Successful Summits On All December Expeditions

 

ECUADOR CLIMBING SCHOOL (photos and text: Logan Talbott)

Successful Cayambe Summit!  “On Friday we left the Refugio at midnight and made our way up the mountain. We had almost every sort of weather- frigid temps, wind, snow, hot sun, white out and perfect clear skies. We topped out at 9:30am, and had 360 views in all directions. Perfect, amazing summit (18,996′ / 5790m). Nine minutes later we couldn’t see ten feet!” Pictured here are Tom, Eli, lead guide Logan, lead guide Topo and Matt.

Otavalo Market and Chocolate Factory: …

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It’s Still Summit Season!

 

Yesterday the Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team hiked up to Cerro Colorado (15,500′ / 4724m) just behind Base Camp. They enjoyed great views of the Polish Glacier and the South Face as well. The team is moving to C1 (Camp 1) today and they plan to summit on Tuesday, weather permitting. The team members all feel good and strong for their summit push of Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m).

Despite the strong winds and cold temps, the Volcanoes of Mexico Climbing School team summited Iztaccihuatl (17,154′ / 5229m) yesterday. The team is currently in the town of Puebla and enjoying a…

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International December Expeditions

Alpenglow Expeditions currently has three international expeditions taking place. We have one Rapid Ascent expedition on Aconcagua near Mendoza, Argentina (14 days), and also two climbing schools, one in Mexico (9 days) and one in Ecuador (9 days + optional extension).

The Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team arrived safely and they are already enjoying the good food of Argentina. Everyone is feeling good and looking forward to getting higher in the mountains. The team got their permits, and left Mendoza for the town of Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m). Los Penitentes sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into…

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Rapid Ascent on Aconcagua – 1 Week after Vinson

7 days before they stood atop Aconcagua, this exact #RapidAscent climbing team was standing on the tallest peak on the Antarctic continent – 16,077’ Mt. Vinson. The very next week, December 19 to be exact, they were again standing on a summit – this one further north and also it’s own highest point on an entirely different continent. Aconcagua in the beautiful South American country of Argentina stands at 22,841’ and was going to be a challenge with high winds taking up residence.

Reaching the summit of Vinson was no small task, but looking down the line they

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Vinson & Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Vinson and Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Their journey began in early December when the team of 4 climbers and lead guide Adrian Ballinger set out from the United States, traveling to Antarctica. The first objective was the highest point on the continent – 16,077’ Mt. Vinson.…

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Blowing in the Wind

The Alpenglow team is enjoying some down time at Papallacta, a hot springs retreat high in the Ecuadorian Andes.  It’s in a cloud forest at 11,500 feet of elevation, with lush green foliage, colorful flowers, and a damp cold mist that constantly rolls through the valley.  We spent the evening soaking in the natural hot pool 5 steps from our rustic bungalow rooms, embracing the blend of hot steam and freezing fog.  It’s yet another mind-blowingly gorgeous place we’ve visited on this trip, each one even more special than the previous.…

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Alpenglow’s Amazing Rapid Ascent Success

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Alpenglow Expedition’s first use of pre-acclimatization for an open-enrollment group outside of the Himalaya proved incredibly successful this January as 12 of 13 members stood atop the summit just ten days after leaving their homes and six days after being on the mountain (one climber unfortunately had to leave during the trek in). 

This is half the time usually taken on Aconcagua. We firmly believe that our team’s dedication to using Hypoxico Altitude Training systems for just four weeks before their departure to Argentina, along…

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Aconcagua Custom Expedition 2015

On Thursday, January, 22, Adrian and Gay flew into Mendoza, Argentina, after leaving their successful expedition in Antarctica where they reached the summit of Vinson Massif. They met Gay’s daughter Camilla in Mendoza along with Alpenglow assistant guide Reuben Shelton. Here’s Adrian’s snapshot of the crew on Friday, January 23, getting weighed before their heli to Base Camp, and Adrian commented that he bet that they wouldn’t weigh 285 kg when they returned!

 

Gay and Camilla both decided to attempt to climb all of the Seven Summits of the world and do as many of them as they…

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